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Classic Peru

8 Days

Summary of Trip

  • Explore the peaceful and idyllic Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Discover the mystical lost city of the Incas-Machu Picchu
  • Meander through the cobbled streets of Cusco, the former Incan capital
  • This trip makes an excellent extension to a Galapagos cruise

Our classic and most compact trip designed to include the ultimate highlights of Peru, with enough time to acclimatise and soak up the amazing sights you will be seeing. The trip focuses on the heart of the Inca Empire – starting and ending in Lima it includes the unique fusion of Spanish and Incan architecture in Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Inca’s and the enigmatic mountain fortress of Machu Picchu. You will be looked after every step of the way by our expert team of guides and all the hotels we use have been handpicked by us for their individual qualities, and range from charming 3* hotels to beautiful deluxe boutique hotels.


  • From £998 per person, based on two people sharing a double room, including internal flights, excluding international flights.
  • Trip begins and ends in Lima
  • All transport, hotels, entrance fees, guide services and excursions can be organised by Think Peru

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Day 2 – Lima – Cusco (free afternoon to acclimatise)
Day 3 – Cusco (full day city)
Day 4 – Sacred Valley of the Incas (Pisac and Ollantaytambo)
Day 5 – Machu Picchu
Day 6 – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 7 – Cusco (free day)
Day 8 – Cusco –Lima – Flight to UK


If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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Day 1 - Lima You arrive in Lima and will be met at the airport by our team and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Day 2 - Lima-Cusco You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Lima airport where you will take your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be met by our team and taken to your town. The rest of the day will be free to explore the area around your hotel, in the heart of Cusco and acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 3 - Cusco After breakfast one of our team of guides will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a private tour of the city of Cusco, the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings. You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. The site is often called a fortress but more likely it was a sanctuary and temple to the sun. In the afternoon you will have some time to relax and explore Cusco on foot – a really beautiful city that is perfect for walking around.

Day 4 - Sacred Valley of the Incas The Sacred Valley was sacred to the Incas for many reasons; one being that it had an agreeable climate and fertile planes, a rare combination in the high Andes. On the way you will visit Pisac, a village above which lies a majestic Inca fortress overlooking the valley. You will stop for lunch in a local hacienda and then travel on to visit the magnificent Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, a major fortress and the last stronghold of the Incas as they fought off the Spanish invaders. Overnight in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 5 - Machu Picchu After an early breakfast you will take the train to Aguas Calientes where you will be met by your local guide and taken on to visit the enigmatic ruins at Machu Picchu. So well hidden in the jungle of the Cordillera Villcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu affords a glimpse into the Inca world and is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on earth. Throughout the morning you will be accompanied by a top guide to ensure you experience the very best of this spectacular site. After lunch at the award winning Sanctuary Lodge you have time to individually explore this great citadel once the day crowds have dispersed. Overnight in the Machu Picchu area (you can see a selection of our handpicked hotels in the accommodation tab on this page).

Day 6 - Machu Picchu-Cusco This morning a chance to explore the ruins at your own pace and soak up this amazing setting. If you are feeling adventurous we can organise for you to climb up Huayna Picchu , a steep climb, but you will be rewarded with amazing views looking back over Machu Picchu. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco. Here you will be met at the train station and transferred back to your hotel.

Day 7 - Cusco Today is free to explore the beautiful city of Cusco on foot. With Incan ruins and walls dotted throughout the city, and its compact historical heart, Cusco is an excellent city to meander through and soak up on your own. Overnight Cusco.

Day 8 - Cusco– Lima - Flight home After an early breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport in Cusco. Then you will catch a 1 hour 20minute flight to Lima from where you will fly back to the UK.

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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A selection of the hotels we recommend for this holiday...

Lima Hotels

Miraflores Park HotelMiraflores Park Hotel

Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about Lima...

Casa Andina Private Collection LimaCasa Andina Private Collection Lima

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location just two blocks from Miraflores Central Park, in the heart of the Miraflores district...

Casa Andina Classic Lima Casa Andina Classic Lima

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travellers...

Cusco Hotels

Palacio NazarenasPalacio Nazarenas

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent was opened in 2012 after years of restoration...


Set in the heart of Cusco this former monastery built around Incan foundations and adorned with sumptuous colonial style combines historical charm with luxury...

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

The Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in a beautiful eighteenth century house, recently remodelled, with stately colonial courtyards....

Cusco Saphi HotelCusco Saphi Hotel

Located in the central part of town, the Cusco Saphi Hotel is part of the excellent local Tierra Viva Hotel group, and is a great mix between Cusco’s rich history...

Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral

A great value option, which really sets itself apart from other similar hotels thanks to its superb location, as close as it can be to the Cathedral of Cusco on the main square....

Sacred Valley Hotels

Tambo del Inca Tambo del Inca

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in the Sacred Valley and arguably one of the best in Peru...

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle SagradoCasa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Set over more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Part of the Casa Andina group...

Pakaritampu, OllantaytamboPakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

A charming little hotel, with 20 rooms, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with wonderful views to the mountains beyond...

Machu Picchu Hotels

Sanctury LodgeSanctury Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is arguably one of the best situated hotels in the world. The only hotel located inside Machu Picchu it offers amazing views...

Inkaterra Pueblo HotelInkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo roofs of terra cotta tile, crafted by local artisans, peek from lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude in this charming hotel set in the heart...

Sumaq HotelSumaq Hotel

Set at the foot of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu on the banks of the Urubamba (known in this stretch as the Vilcanota River) river....

El Mapi HotelEl Mapi Hotel

A contemporary hotel, with very good service also run by the excellent Peruvian hotel Chain Inkaterra. Set in the village of Aguas Calientes....

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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